James Arthur "Butch" Bess

James Arthur "Butch" Bess

James Arthur "Butch" Bess, age 66, of LaVergne, died Saturday, July 7, 2012 at his home. Mr. Bess is the son of the late William Oscar and Myrtle Nora Halpin Bess. He is also preceded in death by his brothers, Leslie Eugene, Clarence Robert and William Larry Bess; grandson, Douglas Eugene Smith, III.

Mr. Bess is survived by his wife of 47 years, Bertie Louise Gann Bess; son, James Kevin (Kelly) Bess of Smyrna; daughter, Teresa Diane (Doug) Smith of LaVergne; grandchildren, Diane Nicole Rice, James Michael Smith, Diane Elizabeth Smith, Devan Elyse Smith and Tiffany Lynn Bess; great grandchildren, Joshua Lavon Allen Ledford, Jr., Nicholes Kevin Douglas Ledford, Aiden Dwayne Rice and Abigail Josephine Rice; brother, Melvin Leroy Bess; sisters, Susie Jane Bess Williams of Arrington and Shirley Ann Bess Rickert of Gallatin.

Funeral service will be 3 p.m., Tuesday at Woodfin Funeral Chapel, Smyrna. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens.

Visitation will be 3-10 p.m., Monday at Woodfin Funeral Chapel, Smyrna.

Mr. Bess retired from Square D Company of Smyrna (now Schneider Electric USA).

Woodfin Funeral Home, Smyrna, 615-459-3254


Funeral Home

Woodfin Chapel, Smyrna
1488 LASCASSAS PIKE Smyrna, TN 37167

Published in The Daily News Journal on July 9, 2012